HILLSBORO — The streak came to an end Saturday for the Lady Braves.
Tabor College broke a string of 35 consecutive regular season conference wins by Ottawa University women’s volleyball dating back to 2015 with a 25-20, 25-23, 23-25, 25-21 victory in Hillsboro. Ottawa’s loss also makes a three-way tie at the top of the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference standings with OU, Tabor and Kansas Wesleyan all 6-1 in conference play.
The Lady Blue Jays had early leads in the first two sets, both of which they finished for the win. Ottawa took a 22-21 lead in Set 2 before Tabor scored four of the final five points off two kills by Jessanna Nebel, junior outside hitter, a kill by Sydney Peitz, senior outside hitter, and an ace from Katie Frankenbery, junior setter.
Ottawa had a 17-12 lead in Set 4 before the Lady Blue Jays stormed back, outscoring the Lady Braves 13-4 down the stretch.
Tabor had 59 total kills to Ottawa’s 49, but the two teams were close statistically in total errors. Ottawa committed 36 errors (29 attacking, five service, two reception) to Tabor’s 34 (24 attacking, four service, eight receiving).
Kenna Hall, junior middle blocker, and Yuleika Jimenez, sophomore outside hitter, each had 11 kills to lead the Lady Braves offense. It was the first varsity action for Jimenez this season.
The No. 22 Lady Braves (12-6, 6-1) are back home 7 p.m. Wednesday against Friends University in Wilson Field House.